I've never turned down an invite to afternoon tea. For me, tea time invariably brought together everything I adored all in one place. I can always expect a delicious variety of finger foods, exotic teas (perfect because I don't drink coffee), cute decor, fancy tableware and most importantly the company of good girlfriends. On this occasion, my friend from out of town invited me to the Adonia Tea House in Kerrisdale. She was craving afternoon tea because there aren't many good options available where she lives. I feel so lucky that that we have so many options here in Vancouver.
Adonia was chosen because they had a sofa where my friend could sit comfortably with her newborn baby and perhaps lay him down if needed. That's right, a new mommy bringing a newborn baby to afternoon tea with her along with a kindergarten-age daughter. I seriously do not know how she does it! Some people find it difficult to bring young children to regular restaurants, let alone to a tea house with a more serene environment.
This was actually my second visit to Adonia. My first visit was for my bridal shower just a few years back so I still have fond memories of a beautiful day spent there with my girlfriends and female family members. On this visit, we reserved for a Monday sitting at 12:30 pm and were surprised to find it quickly fill up to full capacity. Mind you, it's relatively small so it wasn't such a feat compared to bigger establishments like The Rose House or The Secret Garden just down the street. In the photo on the right it looks like I'm having tea with those nice ladies in the photo but it's just me sitting in super close proximity to them.
Here are all the sweetness from that day:
Until next time!
❤ OTHER NOTES:
One word description: Variety!
Ambience: Charming Victorian and dimly lit. Tables and chairs are jam-packed into a small space. May not be a great place for large get-togethers unless booking out the whole venue. (minimum $30 per person, 25 people minimum)
Savoury: Good and fresh as evidenced by the prawn salad. Mini croissants were unusually small as they were divided into halves. Quiche was delicious. Sandwiches were standard and not very memorable unlike the thoughtful ones served at Neverland Tea Salon.
Sweets: Tasty, thoughtful and not overpoweringly sweet. So much variety! There were 12 different types to be shared amongst the 3 of us! Variety is nice but isn't it awkward if everyone wanted the one and only fruit tart? lol
Tea: Moderate collection of teas, 50+ varieties. Not as extensive as the ones at Neverland or exotic as the ones at Urban Tea Merchant.
Service: Very friendly and professional. Perhaps a little understaffed but it was easy to flag down a staff member for help and they do so cheerily.
Location: Kerrisdale. Vancouver West, 2057 West 41st Ave. Vancouver, BC, V6M 1Y7
Parking: Paid Street parking right outside on 41st if you’re lucky.
♥ Afternoon Tea $29 per person
(includes one pot of tea)
Variety of savouries, 1 scone, 4 desserts
♥ Mini Afternoon Tea $19
(includes one pot of tea)
7 mini savories and/or sweets plus 1 scone
♥ Royal Afternoon Tea - Add spirit
Kir Royal or Mimosa $11.50
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